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9 best baby and toddler toothpastes

When it’s time to start brushing your baby’s teeth, it can be hard to know which toothpaste you should use. From fluoride-free to unflavoured toothpastes, we’ve compiled a list of the best products on the market for keeping your baby’s teeth clean and healthy. 

By Gemma Wilcock | Last updated Dec 10, 2021

Mum and baby brushing teeth

When a baby cuts their first tooth, it’s one of the first milestones in their life. Not only do they have a cute toothy grin to show off, but it’s also time to start brushing their teeth. Starting now will help teeth to grow healthy and strong, and ensure that your child develops good habits that will last a lifetime. 

Don’t worry if you struggle to do much brushing at first as it can take time for babies to adjust to the taste and feeling of a toothbrush. However, finding the right toothpaste can help get them used to their new routine. 

With lots of different options catered to baby and toddler teeth – from fluoride-free and organic toothpastes to fruity-tasting and even unflavoured  – it can be overwhelming to know which product is the best for your baby.

So to find out which ones are a hit with both parents and their babies, we searched the Mumsnet forums to see which toothpastes Mumsnet users recommend. We then cross-checked these products against reviews on other expert review sites to make sure they came out on top. 

Here are the best toothpastes for babies and toddlers to buy in 2021.

1. Best overall baby toothpaste: Aquafresh Milk Teeth

Aquafresh Milk Teeth

Price: £7.17 (for four packs) | Buy now from Amazon

“Aquafresh baby toothpaste is one of the better ones.” PixieDust28

Toothpastes that have a strong flavour can make brushing a baby’s teeth even more tricky, but the mild minty taste of Aquafresh Milk Teeth makes this a great first toothpaste for babies. 

The toothpaste has been designed to gently clean milk teeth, with low abrasives and the right amount of fluoride needed for keeping first teeth healthy and strong. It’s also free from artificial colours or flavours and is safe for swallowing.

2. Best budget baby toothpaste: Boots Kids Mint Toothpaste

Boots Baby Toothpaste

Price: £1 | Buy now from Boots

“Most baby toothpaste has the required 1000ppm fluoride. Use a baby toothbrush and a smear of toothpaste to minimise swallowing.” Dementedpixie

If you want to avoid fruity flavoured toothpastes, Boots’ own brand baby and toddler toothpaste has a gentle mint flavour to help young children adjust to this new taste.

Costing just £1 for a 75ml tube, it’s also budget-friendly. With the minimum amount of fluoride needed for this age, it has been formulated to protect milk teeth against decay and prevent cavities. 

You can start using it when your child gets their first tooth right up to the age of two.

3. Best natural baby toothpaste: Zendium Kids Toothpaste

Zendium Kids Toothpaste

Price: £4.30 | Buy now from Amazon

“Zendium is really good [...] the classic one is very mild. I know there are versions for kids.” RiskIt4Biscuit 

With natural antibacterial enzymes and 95% naturally sourced ingredients, Zendium Kids Toothpaste is a great option if you want to avoid using harsh chemicals. 

The toothpaste boosts the mouth’s natural defenses and protects and strengthens milk teeth. Young children will love the red berry flavour and the gentle foaming action will hopefully prevent any bedtime toothbrushing battles. 

Made with mostly natural ingredients, this toothpaste is sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS)-free, gluten-friendly and suitable for vegetarians. It lasts up to the age of five too, so you don’t have to worry about switching toothpastes – and new flavours - every couple of years.

4. Best fluoride-free baby toothpaste: Jack N’ Jill Natural Calendula Toothpaste

Jack N' Jill Toothpaste

Price: £4.25 | Buy now from Amazon

“We use Jack N’ Jill toothpaste from Holland & Barrett. It comes in loads of different flavours - we use banana and DS loves it. ” YawnyOwl 

Jack N’ Jill toothpaste isn’t just fluoride-free, it’s all-natural too. Free from sugar, colours, SLS, preservatives and gluten, you can brush your little one’s teeth knowing this toothpaste is taking care of their delicate mouth.

If your child isn’t a fan of mint, there’s a range of yummy flavours including banana, strawberry, blueberry, and even a flavour-free option. The toothpaste is rich in xylitol for helping to prevent cavities and also contains organic calendula to soothe sore, teething gums. You can start using Jack N’ Jill toothpaste from six months.

5. Best unflavoured baby toothpaste: oraNurse Unflavoured Toothpaste

Oranurse Unflavoured Toothpaste

Price: £5.74 | Buy now from Amazon

“oraNurse Unflavoured Toothpaste. Wrap him in towel so he cannot move and brush. Be calm about it but firm.” Embracelife  

“I would try different toothpaste flavours. It may be a sensory issue related to taste or foam - my DS uses an unflavoured toothpaste called oraNurse.” LonnyVonnyWilsonFrickett 

If you’ve tried both minty and fruity toothpastes and you’re still battling with your child at bedtime, oraNurse is a flavour-free toothpaste that’s been designed for children who are sensitive to strong flavours. 

Formulated to help autistic children who struggle with tastes or sensory issues, oraNurse doesn’t contain SLS which is typically added to toothpastes as a foaming agent. Containing 1000ppm of fluoride, the toothpaste is suitable up to the age of three when they can then move onto oraNurse’s 1450ppm toothpaste

6. Best organic baby toothpaste: Green People Organic Children Toothpaste

Green People Organic Children Toothpaste

Price: £4.25 | Buy now from Amazon

Another fluoride-free option, the Organic Children Toothpaste is a certified organic toothpaste free from any nasties and with added vitamin C for protecting young gums. 

Pick from a choice of two flavours, spearmint and aloe vera or - for any mint refusers - mandarin and aloe vera. Made from 100% natural ingredients, the toothpaste is safe to swallow and is free from SLS.

If you like the sound of this product but are looking for one containing fluoride, there’s also an Organic Children Fluoride Toothpaste

7. Best toothpaste for babies under 1: Brush-Baby Teething Toothpaste

Brush Baby Toothpaste

Price: £2.35 | Buy now from Amazon

“We use a brush that goes over your finger (not sure of the official name) with DD (13 months) as I find it easier to force it in, as a regular brush gets firmly tongued back out. We use a flavoured toothpaste too that she likes (Brush-Baby Banana). She usually lets us clean until the paste has been swallowed and then she bites down hard on your finger which isn't fun. Speed is key!” Isababybel 

If the teething stage is causing pain and sleepless nights, Brush-Baby contains camomile for soothing sore gums. 

The applemint flavour has a fruity taste that children will love, while gently introducing them to the mint taste you find in many toothpastes. Formulated for first teeth, it’s suitable to be used from birth and is rich in xylitol, which reduces sugar acids that can cause tooth decay.

If you’re worried about your child swallowing too much fluoride, Brush-Baby contains just 500ppm. It’s also free from SLS and is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

8. Best baby toothpaste for a 1-year-old: Oral-B Baby Toothpaste

Oral-B Baby Toothpaste

Price: £2.60 | Buy now from Amazon

“We have a complete toothbrushing diva here too. Things that have helped us are the Blippi toothbrushing song on YouTube and the Oral B bubblegum-flavoured toothpaste, but mostly their own electric toothbrush. I'm not sure what age you're supposed to give the electric but it really was the best thing here. He loves the vibration.” MistyFrequencies

Winnie the Pooh fans will love the Oral-B Baby Toothpaste. A character toothpaste like this can be really useful if a reluctant toddler needs some persuasion to brush their teeth.

Designed for babies up to the age of two, the toothpaste is sugar-free with a mild fruit flavour for encouraging children to develop healthy oral hygiene habits. It contains 1100ppm of fluoride to help first teeth stay strong and prevent cavities.  

9. Best baby toothpaste for a 2-year-old: Punch & Judy Toothpaste

Punch & Judy Toothpaste

Price: £5.99 (for 3) | Buy now from Amazon

“We use the Punch & Judy strawberry kind. He sucks it off the brush when we give him it first to try and get him to do a bit himself happily enough!” MrsRose2018

With the help of a friendly crocodile, Punch & Judy Toothpaste makes toothbrushing fun for two-year-olds.

The toothpaste has a child-friendly strawberry flavour, which has been designed to offer an alternative to the strong taste of mint that many children dislike.  

As your child grows, there’s a range of fun characters, including Punch and Judy themselves, to help children understand the importance of good dental hygiene. The website even has brush-time stories you can read to your child. 

Sugar-free and safe to swallow, this toothpaste will help keep their mouth clean and healthy, and may help to take the stress out of bedtimes.

When should I start brushing my baby’s teeth?

You should start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they start to come through, which is around six months. Once that first tooth makes an appearance, you should try to introduce your child to a toothbrush and toothpaste. 

This not only helps to establish good oral hygiene, preventing a build up of plaque and tooth decay, but it also helps your child get used to the sensation of a brush and the taste of toothpaste so that it becomes a part of their daily routine.

Do babies need special toothpaste?

Adults’ toothpastes can be too abrasive and strong-tasting for young children. Babies and toddlers don’t know how to spit and these toothpastes may contain ingredients that shouldn’t be ingested or could damage the enamel of baby teeth. 

There are a range of products available that have been designed for young teeth, including natural and unflavoured toothpastes, which can be safely swallowed in small amounts. 

Can I use fluoride toothpaste to brush my baby’s teeth?  

The NHS advises that parents use a smear of fluoride toothpaste for babies and toddlers up to the age of three.  Baby toothpaste should have a minimum of 1,000ppm (parts per million) of fluoride, while a family toothpaste should have between 1,350ppm and 1,5000ppm.  

Fluoride is a natural ingredient found in water and many foods, and it helps to protect teeth from decay and make them stronger. The reason children’s toothpaste has less fluoride is to prevent them from ingesting too much. This can lead to fluorosis, which is the appearance of little white spots or discolourations on their teeth. 

If you’re concerned about this, you may prefer to opt for fluoride-free toothpaste, such as the Jack N’ Jill Natural Toothpaste

If you do decide to use an adult toothpaste for your baby, make sure to avoid any teeth whitening products as this can damage the enamel on children’s teeth. Another ingredient to look out for - especially if your child is sensitive to strong flavours or has sensory issues - is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which is added to toothpastes as a foaming agent.

What else should I look for in baby toothpaste?

Flavour

This can make a huge difference when it comes to your child letting you brush their teeth. Baby toothpastes are milder than normal ones and tend to come in mint, bubble gum and fruity flavours. If they don’t like any of those, you can opt for an unflavoured toothpaste, such as oraNurse

Natural ingredients 

If you want to avoid harsh chemicals, look for toothpastes with natural ingredients. Products like the Jack N’ Jill Natural Toothpaste are also vegan-friendly as well as gluten- and SLS-free. Another thing to look out for is whether the toothpaste contains sugar, which can contribute towards tooth decay. 

How do I clean my baby’s teeth? 

Aim to brush your child’s teeth for two minutes twice a day, including at night before bed. Sit your baby on your lap with their head resting against your chest. It may help to sit in front of a mirror so both you and your baby can see what you’re doing. 

Put a smear of toothpaste on a baby toothbrush and start doing circular motions over the teeth and gums. Babies don’t need to spit or rinse their mouth out as baby toothpastes are safe to swallow in small amounts - you can teach them this skill when they are older. 

If they clamp their mouth shut, try to make toothbrushing fun by playing games or singing songs. Don’t worry if you don’t do much brushing to begin with as it’s more important that they get used to their new routine. Be gentle as teething babies may have sore gums. 

Which baby toothpaste is best?

Thanks to its mild minty taste and specially designed formula for keeping milk teeth clean and strong, we think the Aquafresh Milk Teeth is the best baby toothpaste to buy right now. It’s a great first toothpaste for introducing young children to the mint flavour typically found in toothpaste and it contains the right amount of fluoride for preventing tooth decay. 

How we chose our recommendations

Most of our recommendations for baby and toddler toothpastes came from Mumsnet users themselves. We searched the Mumsnet forums for posts about which toothpastes Mumsnetters really rated. We also researched various review sites to find out which toothpastes performed well across the board.

Why you should trust us 

We work hard to provide unbiased, independent advice you can trust. We do sometimes earn revenue through affiliate (click-to-buy) links in our articles. This helps us fund more helpful articles like this one.

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